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England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, UK prime minister Boris Johnson and the government’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance hold a press conference on coronavirus. PA/Alberto Pezzali

Coronavirus: trust in political figures is at a low just as they need citizens to act on their advice

Leaders all over the world have tested their citizens to the limit in recent years. Now they need them to follow strict orders to stop the spread of infection.
Protective measures and their safety assurances can change how people act around risk. Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP

When safety measures lead to riskier behavior by more people

Behavioral economists explain how widespread use of face masks, hand sanitizer and other preventive measures could counterintuitively encourage riskier behaviors around coronavirus.
Diga, frontman of the Yellowknife-based band Digawolf, says his goal is to pursue music “without having to move south.” Here, the band, nominated as Indigenous artist or group of the year, with Diga, David Dowe and Layne Rybchinski. (Digawolf/Maia Lepage)

The Junos have been cancelled due to coronavirus, but we still need to invest in cross-country music talent

Three-quarters of the high-profile category Juno 2020 nominees were Ontario artists. This year's awards have been cancelled, but new efforts to boost music development across the country are needed.
President Donald Trump, right, and Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a meeting on March 3 about the coronavirus outbreak. Getty/Brendan Smialowski/AFP

If I get sick with coronavirus, can Donald Trump make me stay home?

The US has public health agencies at the federal, state and local level. The spread of coronavirus is putting those agencies in the spotlight. What roles does each play and how are they coordinated?

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